How Do Your Hands Learn?

6 wpi, Merino/Columbia blend, 100% chubby love

In the past year, I have taken three classes, from three different teachers, that in some part taught spinning fat, lofty yarn.

After ten months, I can finally spin fat, lofty yarn; it takes my hands a long time to learn. I have to watch and listen to other spinners, have teachers watch me and I have to practice, a lot.

I practice by slipping my learning yarn into my daily spinning and I practice by having special learning sessions. Spinning new in between regular spinning works the best for me, it feels like playing. The other feels like have-to spinning.

My hands started learning lofty yarns last September and this skein from last week is the best I’ve done yet.

How do your hands learn?

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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website

7 thoughts on “How Do Your Hands Learn?

  1. Adriene

    This may sound silly, but I learn by imagining. If I don’t have the materials in my hands (or if I can’t, as in the case of sleeping and working), I imagine my hands doing what I need them to learn. It might be a new stitch or a pattern problem that needs to be solved. I’m only a beginning spinner, but I think the imagination route is really going to help me with that, too!

  2. Sara

    I need it all – learn by doing, plus imagining, plus pondering. Seeing someone else helps but doesn’t get me all the way there. Learning in a familiar area, I can sometimes just see-and-do, or read, or imagine. But not if I’m learning a whole new thing.

  3. sam

    how do you spin lofty yarn? where do I find this coveted information? I think I was taught once but it seemed so counter-intuitive I stopped.
    I learn by watching. I love watching people work with their hands, sometimes I watch my own because they have a mind of their own!

  4. Alicia

    If it has to do with a project, or producing something, I go to the person who’s been doing it for a long time, and is considered a pro. If it’s life experiences, I learn on my own. I have to experience the good, the bad, and the ugly. I get a better understanding and can then share with others.

  5. claudia horner

    My hands learn through repetition, practice, observing the work of others and entering into the creative process that made what they made (in other words, copying), practicing, did I mention practicing and then practicing some more? Eventually, I find my own rhythm and vision, which might be a lot different than where I started or from what I saw/envisioned. Then, I learn to love what MY hands create!

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